Eco Materials & Factories
It all started when...
We decided to focus on two things: responsible factories & eco-friendly materials. We wanted to make sure that the factory we use treats people with respect and dignity.
For the first collection, we decided on a family run factory in Badung (Bali) that we can walk into at any time and see what’s happening on the factory floor. As for fabric, we wanted to use materials that had as little negative impact on the planet as possible.
For that reason we are using Bamboo, Linen and Hemp
With Indigo Monkey, we realised that men are buying all the same clothes and the variation in different seasons were minimum so we decided to create a five/six piece capsule collection that is versatile and interchangeable, making 30 different outfits.
In addition, we realised that a lot of responsibly made brands were out of our customer’s price range, so we created products that had multiple uses and inherently had more value. We decided to sell the products direct, rather than through traditional retailers, so that we can keep the prices down.
Our favourite fabric that we’re using is Bamboo, because it grows so quickly, Bamboo is an easily renewable resource.
Softer than cotton, with a texture similar to a blend of cashmere and silk.
Moisture absorbency is twice than that of cotton with extraordinary soil release. Because the cross-section of the fibre is filled with various micro-gaps and micro-holes, it has much better moisture absorption and ventilation.
Natural antibacterial elements (bio-agent 'bamboo kun') in bamboo fibre keep bacteria away from bamboo fabrics.
Garment of bamboo fibre can absorb and evaporate human sweat in a split of a second just like breathing. Such a garment makes people feel extremely cool, comfortable and never sticking to skin even in hot summer.
Product of bamboo fibre is eco-friendly and bio-degradable.
Bamboo requires 1/3 the amount of water to grow than cotton.
Hemp is naturally one of the most ecologically friendly fabrics and also the oldest. Hemp fibre is one of the strongest and most durable natural textile fibres. Not only is it strong, but it also holds its shape having one of the lowest percent elongation of any natural fibre. In fact, its combination of ruggedness and comfort were utilised by Levi Strauss as a lightweight duck canvas for the very first pair of jeans made in California. Furthermore Hemp has the best ratio of heat capacity of all fibres giving it superior insulation properties.
Also Linen because, basically there are two types of properties of linen fibres. One is physical properties and another is chemical properties.
Physical Properties of Linen:
- Linen is a strong fibre, it has an excellent resistance to degradation by heat. It is less affected than cotton.
- Linen fibre is not affected by the sun light as others fibre.
- Linen fibre does not get attacked by moth-grubs or beetles.